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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Surprising Feel-Good Food


Coffee

A cup or two of coffee (or one to two shots of espresso) before noon is a healthy move for most people, especially devoted coffee drinkers. Research is clear that caffeine enhances physical and mental performance in moderate amounts. A morning latte is both a Feel-Great drink and a treat. Espresso drinks are best because you can be sure of not overdoing it on the caffeine. You are the best judge of how much caffeine is just right and how much turns to jitters, nervousness or that jumpy-mind feeling. For drip coffee, stick between eight to 10 ounces (for the more caffeine-sensitive) and 16 ounces, which is the typical grande size at coffee shops.

The good mood plan strongly suggests drinking the coffee only before lunch, then switching to green tea or water for afternoon beverages. You can figure on three to five additional cups of green tea if you prefer it to coffee.

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